Scion is doubling up on its debuts for the New York auto show in April, showing two of three new cars that will reportedly hit dealer lots over the next three years. While we already know the first debut will be a production version of the iM concept we first saw in L.A., the second debut has been somewhat of a mystery. Now, the automaker has revealed it will show off a new sedan, a first for the youth-oriented brand.
While nothing else was revealed about the upcoming sedan, rumors have swirled that the new model is one of two new subcompacts set to begin production at Mazda’s Salamanca, Mexico plant alongside the new Mazda2. One of those cars is the next-gen Toyota Yaris, while the other is likely a Scion-branded model based on the Yaris to replace the outgoing xD. Since it will be built by Mazda, it's also likely it will use a Mazda Skyactiv powertrain, possibly the 1.5-liter four-cylinder that’s slated for the U.S.-spec 2016 Mazda2. We won't know for sure until the sedan is revealed in New York in April.
Scion also confirmed that the iM name of its L.A. show concept will carry over to the production model. We don't expect that car to change much from the hatchback we saw late last year, since Scion claims the production iM "will carry forward some of the sporty looks and versatility displayed in the concept version." The iM concept looked much like the Euro-market Toyota Auris when it first debuted in the City of Angels, emphasizing its sportiness with a low and wide stance, deep air intakes, and geometric grille inserts. The concept was also equipped with an adjustable-height racing suspension, with Scion boasting the iM would have excellent fuel efficiency, sporty handling, and a low cost of entry -- under $20,000, according to Scion.